OK here is part 2 of the Sandwich Blog:
You already have your sandwich all ready to go, so you have to start carefully rolling it up starting from the bottom (bottom being where you placed your last piece of ham). Roll in the direction of where you overlaped the ham so that you are lifting the next slice with the previous slice.
Keep rolling the sandwich until you reach the end. Since I used a cheaper variety of ham, it felt wet. If your roll seems wet make sure you pat dry it with a paper towel.
Now pick up your ham roll and place it in the bread. Note: if you're using French Bread you won't be able to pick it up all at once so juse ease the ham roll into the bread.
Remember how I said you want a uniform piece of bread? this is why: You want your bread to be able to close as easily as possible.
And this is the trick to this sandwich. It's the most important part of the sandwich being successful. (If you're using a French loaf, you will need 2 people for this part) Start wrapping your roll in plastic wrap. Start at one end and work your way to the other. Without tearing off your plastic wrap, keep wrapping your bread...... round and round and round .......back and forth from the left end to the right and around the ends of the loaf.
This is what you start with:
And after about 25 times of wrapping the roll back and forth, tighter and tigher as you go along, it should look something like this:
Notice how the ends are seamless. I say you need two people to do this when you have a piece of French bread because one person needs to hold the sandwich and the other needs to hold the plastic wrap. You want this TIGHT. So tight that your French loaf, when all wrapped up, shouldn't bend a lot. As you can see from this picture you can't see the bread under the plastic wrap.
Finally, place your bread in the fridge to chill overnight or about 12 hours.
When you're ready to cut it. Take it out of the fridge and cut it into about 1/2" slices with a sereated knife and the plastic wrap still on it. Cut on a slight diagonal to make this easier. Remove the plastic wrap and serve!
And there you have it!! Professional looking deli sandwiches. If you make these right, you won't be able to see the seam where you cut your bread initially and it won't fall apart!!!
I hope this all made sense to everyone. If you try it, let me know if you like it!!!